Westfield Washington School Board approves first bonds on $90 million referendum

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By Noah Alatza

The Westfield Washington School Board met Nov 14. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12. For more, visit wws.k12.in.us

What happened: The board unanimously approved the first half of funding for school renovations projects, which totaled $45 million. Two public hearings were held, but nobody from the public spoke.

What it means: In an Oct. 11 ‘notice to taxpayers of additional apparitions’ Board Secretary Amber Willis said “a need for such appropriation exists by reason of inadequacy present buildings to provide necessary school facilities.” A loophole in Indiana law allows schools to exceed their debt limits, despite a previously approved $90 million referendum for the district, no added funds will be needed. The additional monetary funds are just a portion of the referendum and the $45 million approved during the Nov. 14 board meeting is just half of the cost. It will be based on assessed value and the amount could change, according to CFO Brian Tomicheal. The remaining funds will be presented before the board sometime in the spring.

 

What happened: Supt. Sherry Grate delivered her report on the Carey Ridge STEM and Maker Space, along with Shamrock Club, the new kindness campaign launched in the district earlier this month.

What it means: WWS launched its kindness campaign earlier in the month and Grate emphasized the districts continued effort on the matter. Meanwhile, teachers from Carey Ridge Elementary including, Sawyer Beier, from Carey Ridge STEM teacher said she loves the first year on her job. The program is continuing in its sixth week before they will participate in the Hour of Code in early December and a robotics approach by the beginning of the year. Grate introduced high school social studies teacher Mark Ewing for the ‘We are Westfield’ presentation, “Mark has a very special role in the district,” she said “We wanted to give him a chance to share his role.” Ewing presented various principles that are built on a foundation of love for the initiative. “This is what Westfield High School represents, every incoming freshman will have a mentor to show them the ‘Westfield way,’ next year,” Ewing said.

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